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The Image of the Beast
Genre Fantasy (erotic, dark)
Type Novel
Series
An Exorcism, Ritual One
In a combined edition with Blown as Image of the Beast.
There is also an underground comic version.
An excerpt of the novel has been published as an eText as part of a CD-Rom multimedia magazine.
Also published as an eBook (2012).
DEDICATION: "For Forrest J. Ackerman, the Scarlet Pimpernel of fantasy" (in the combined Playboy and Berkley editions only).
COVER TEXT:
Herald Childe has just seen a home movie in which his partner was brutally murdered, his life-fluids drained by a lady with razor-sharp dentures.
Childe is a private dick. He's accustomed to sticking his nose into other people's business, and it's usually dirty. But he's not prepared for the gut-churning horrors which await him as he wades through the L.A. smog following up a lead in the most disgusting case of his career.
He is plunged into a waking nightmare of sexual brutality and supernatural bestiality; he becomes entangled with a snake-woman; he is seduced by a filthy human sow; and he lays a ghost, only to realize that he's the one getting laid - by a woman working off the frustrations of over a century in ectoplasmic exile.
But what can he do? He can hardly tell the police that he's discovered a crowd of sex-mad vampires and werewolves from another universe...
(Quartet Books)
 
PUBLICATION HISTORY
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37 Publications
See also:
Ghost Editions
US

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FIRST PUBLICATION
North Hollywood, CA: Essex House
# 0108
no ISBN
paperback (17×11cm)
11/1968
255
$ 1.95
not credited [= Peter Maxish]
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.


Peter Maxish
Omnibus
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Bookno.
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Notes
Image of the Beast
Chicago, IL: Playboy Press
-
ISBN 0-872-16557-4
paperback (18×10,5cm)
10/1979 (1st)
12/1979 (2nd)
336
$ 2.25
Enric
Combined edition with Blown. With a foreword by Theodore Sturgeon. The first printing has the name of Farmer in red gilt printed on the cover (it looks black on the scan however), the second printing has the name in plain red.

Enric
Omnibus
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
Format
Date
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Price
Cover art
Notes
Image of the Beast
New York, NY: Playboy Paperbacks
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-872-16845-X
paperback (18×10,5cm)
11/1980 (3rd)
336
$ 2.50
not credited [= Enric]
Combined edition with Blown. With a foreword by Theodore Sturgeon.

Enric
Omnibus
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
Format
Date
Pages
Price
Cover art
Notes
Image of the Beast
New York, NY: Playboy Paperbacks
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-872-16845-X
paperback (18×10,5cm)
06/1981 (4th)
336
$ 2.50
not credited [= Enric]
Combined edition with Blown. With a foreword by Theodore Sturgeon.

Enric
Omnibus
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
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Date
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Price
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Notes
Image of the Beast
New York, NY: Berkley Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-425-06059-4
paperback (18×10,5cm)
09/1982 (4th)
336
$ 2.75
not credited [= Enric]
Combined edition with Blown. With a foreword by Theodore Sturgeon. Berkley Books took over Playboy Books and published it under its own imprint, also but wrongly stated the 4th printing.

Enric
Omnibus
Publisher
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Bookno.
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Date
Pages
Price
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Notes
Image of the Beast
New York, NY: Berkley Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-425-07708-X
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
06/1985
336
$ 3.50
Barclay Shaw
Combined edition with Blown. With a foreword by Theodore Sturgeon. No indication in the book that this is the second Berkley edition.

Barclay Shaw
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Date
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Notes
New York, NY: Rhinoceros
-
ISBN 1-56333-166-7
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
02/1994
277
$ 6.95
Kurt Griffith
-

Kurt Griffith
Omnibus
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
Format
Date
Pages
Price
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Notes
The Image of the Beast | Blown
New York, NY: Creation Books
-
ISBN 1-84068-028-8
trade paperback (21,5×13,5cm)
11/2001
319
$ 15.95 / £ 9.95
John Coulthart
Combined edition of The Image of the Beast and Blown.

John Coulthart
Omnibus
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
Format
Date
Pages
Price
Cover art
Notes
Image of the Beast
...: Creation Oneiros
SF Classics
ISBN 978-1-902197-24-1
trade paperback (21,5×14cm)
01/2008
255
$ 15.95 / £ 9.95
Jim Burns
Published in 2007 according to the book. Combined edition of The Image of the Beast and Blown. With a Preface by Theodore Sturgeon.

Jim Burns
UK
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London: Quartet Books
Fantasy
ISBN 0-704-31219-0
paperback (18×11cm)
06/1975
202
£ 0.90
Jim Burns
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.

Jim Burns
Publisher
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London: Quartet Books (Futura)
Erotica
ISBN 0-704-31219-0
paperback (18×11cm)
09/1976 (2nd)
202
£ 0.95
not credited [= Jim Burns]
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon. The name of the imprint 'Futura'Only on the front cover and the spine is the logo and .

Jim Burns
Publisher
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Bookno.
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Price
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Notes
London: Granada / Panther Books
Fiction/Horror
ISBN 0-586-06210-6
trade paperback (19,5×13cm)
01/1985
171
£ 1.95
Chris Moore
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.

Chris Moore
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
Format
Date
Pages
Price
Cover art
Notes
London: Collins / Grafton Books
Fantasy/Horror
ISBN 0-586-06210-6
paperback (18×11cm)
10/1988
224
£ 2.99
Chris Moore
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.

Chris Moore
FRANCE
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French: Comme une bête
Paris: Champ Libre
Chute Libre 3
ISBN 2-85184-027-4
trade paperback (21,5×12,5cm)
10/1974
255
-
François Lasquin
not credited [= unknown, but not by Moebius]
-

-
Title
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French: Comme une bête
Paris: Lattès
Titres SF (2)
no ISBN
paperback (18×11cm)
03/1979
248
-
François Lasquin
Jean-Michel Nicollet
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.

Jean-Michel Nicollet
Title
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Bookno.
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French: Comme une bête
Paris: Presses Pocket
Science-Fiction No. 5327
ISBN 2-266-02874-X
paperback (18×11cm)
01/1991
248
-
François Lasquin
Wojtek Siudmak
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.

Wojtek Siudmak
Title
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Series+no.
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Date
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Notes
French: Comme une Bête
Paris: Le jardin des Livres
-
ISBN 2-914569-23-8
trade paperback (20,5×14cm)
11/2004
332
€ 21,00
François Lasquin
Keleck and Patrice Servage
With a photo of PJF, a personally in French written and signed dedication from PJF to his many French readers and an introduction by the anonymous editor of Le jardin des Livres. Also in the book is a selection of fifteen international bookcovers in black and white.

Keleck & Servage
GERMANY
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German: Die Verkörperung des Bösen
in Fleisch
München: Heyne
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Band 4558
ISBN 3-453-03147-4
paperback (18×11,5cm)
-/1989 (1st)
-/1990 (2nd)
-/1991 (3rd)
-/1992 (4th)
-/1993 (5th)
640
DM 16,80
Ronald M. Hahn
Boris Vallejo
Omnibus, with Blown and Flesh. With a foreword by Theodore Sturgeon.

Boris Vallejo
Title
Omnibus
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
Format
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German: Die Verkörperung des Bösen
in Fleisch
München: Heyne
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Band 4558
ISBN 3-453-03147-4
paperback (18×11,5cm)
-/1995 (6th)
-/1997 (7th)
-/1999 (8th)
640
DM 16,90
Ronald M. Hahn
Boris Vallejo
Omnibus, with Blown and Flesh. With a foreword by Theodore Sturgeon.

Boris Vallejo
Title
Omnibus
Publisher
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Format
Date
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Notes
German: Die Verkörperung des Bösen
in Fleisch
Erftstadt: Area
-
ISBN 3-89996-437-3
hardcover [no dustjacket] (22×14cm)
03/2005
512
€ 9,95
Ronald M. Hahn
Boris Vallejo
Omnibus, with Blown and Flesh. With a foreword by Theodore Sturgeon.

Boris Vallejo
HUNGARY
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Hungarian: A bestia képmása
Debrecen: Phoenix (Cherubion)
-
ISBN 963-7457-28-3
paperback (18×11cm)
-/1992
221
Ft 180
Nemes István
Szendrei Tibor
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.

Szendrei Tibor
ITALY
Title
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Price
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Notes
Italian: L'immagine della bestia
Milan: Olympia Press Italia
Collana Blu I
no ISBN
hardcover (18,5×12cm)
04/1972
vi + 247
L 2.500
Luigi Giambonelli
not credited [= Peter Maxish]
With an introduction by the uncredited editor.

Peter Maxish
Title
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Italian: L'immagine della bestia
Roma: Fanucci Editore
Edizione Tascabile 22
ISBN 88-347-0433-9
paperback (18×11cm)
11/1994
241
L 10.000
Luigi Giambonelli
not credited [= Jim Burns]
-

Jim Burns
JAPAN
Title
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
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Date
Pages
Price
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Notes
Japanese: 淫 獣の幻影 (Inju no Genei)
Tokyo: Kobunsha
CR Bunko 6
ISBN 4-334-75006-0
paperback (15×10,5cm)
05/1986
301
¥ 400
Ken Asamatsu
Hitoshi Suzuki
Paperback with a dustjacket. With a commentary by Nakamura Koji.

Hitoshi Suzuki
NETHERLANDS
Title
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Dutch: De beeltenis van het beest
Utrecht: Bruna
Fantasy en horror 6
ISBN 90-229-3506-X
paperback (17,5×11,5cm)
-/1971
255
ƒ 3,75
J. van Vliegen
not credited [= Peter Maxish]
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.

Peter Maxish
POLAND
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Polish: Rytuał
-: Klubówka
-
no ISBN
paperback (..×..cm)
-/1987
?
?
?
?
Private and illegal publication by a science fiction club. Propably about 100 offset printed or photocopies. With two different covers.

-

-
RUSSIA
Title
Omnibus
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Format
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Price
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Russian: Образ зверя
in Миры Филипа Фармера 12
Riga & Moscow: Polaris
-
ISBN 5-88132-253-2
hardcover [no dustjacket] (20,5×13,5cm)
01/1997
336
-
R. Lebedev
M. Yermakov
Pictorial boards. With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon. Omnibus, together with Blown.

M. Yermakov
SPAIN
Title
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
Format
Date
Pages
Price
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Cover art
Notes
Spanish: La imagen de la bestia
Barcelona: Anagrama
Contraseñas 38
ISBN 84-339-1238-0
trade paperback (20×13cm)
12/1981
220
-
Antonio Resines
Julio Vivas
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.

Julio Vivas
Title
Publisher
Series+no.
Bookno.
Format
Date
Pages
Price
Translation
Cover art
Notes
Spanish: La imagen de la bestia
Barcelona: Anagrama
Contraseñas 38
ISBN 84-339-1238-0
trade paperback (20×13cm)
02/1987 (2nd)
220
Ps 1154
Antonio Resines
Emil Tröger
With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.

Emil Tröger
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